To update the development of my baby fig: it’s doing great! The photo on right is from when the fig first arrived. The photo at left was taken two days ago. The little tree is very happy in its sunny window.
The poor thing tried to die soon after I received it. I believe the clay pot was the problem, too dry. It has thrived in the plastic pot. Every other day it requires a little water so the soil stays slightly damp all the time. The fig has done so well it needs repotting. The roots are starting to fill the current pot.
I will set it outside today to encourage hardening off for the long winter sleep in the dark, chilly mud room. The shorter days and cooler temperatures will signal it to start dormancy. Next spring the fig can go outside for the warm weather and I hope to get some fruit.
This everbearing fig should grow to about six feet tall and can produce two crops of fruit in a year. Fresh figs are so yummy, I sure look forward to having some!